Sep 27, 2012 3:00pm EDT
energy oil independent. liz: an annual low rate from the previous 1.7%. from your perspective, what do we need to do to figure out this problem of growth? >> first of all, why is it they always have to revise lower? we need to, in my view, the burden the small and large businesses from the uncertainty they have right now. on this fiscal cliff. look at the sequestration, all the disasters that lie ahead. leof course we have a dysfunctional government, you want to blame republicans, democrats, it is dysfunctional. the business person out there, going to have to hire an accountant to handle obamacare and the new regulations coming down? or are you going to hire additional people? we have to give them an environment of certainty, and that means among other things a tax code with two deductions, home loan and charitable deductions and the rest of it you do away with. have you met an american but when support that simplification of the tax code? liz: i met a lot of lobbyists but wouldn't. but they quickly get your thoughts on defense spending. facing billions and billions of cuts over 10 years.
Sep 25, 2012 8:00pm EDT
with countries around the world to deepen ties of trade and investment, and science and technology, energy and development -- all efforts that can spark economic growth for all our people and stabilize democratic change. but such efforts depend on a spirit of mutual interest and mutual respect. no government or company, no school or ngo will be confident working in a country where its people are endangered. for partnerships to be effective our citizens must be secure and our efforts must be welcomed. a politics based only on anger -- one based on dividing the world between "us" and "them" -- not only sets back international cooperation, it ultimately undermines those who tolerate it. all of us have an interest in standing up to these forces. let us remember that muslims have suffered the most at the hands of extremism. on the same day our civilians were killed in benghazi, a turkish police officer was murdered in istanbul only days before his wedding. more than 10 yemenis were killed in a car bomb in sana'a. several afghan children were mourned by their parents just days after they were ki
Sep 28, 2012 9:00am EDT
to really provide stimulus for this economy. we don't have an energy policy and have not had a budget in three years. as a result, businesses are waiting to see and what happens with the election and waiting to see what their lives will look like, the tax rates, regulation, etc. they are upheld by the health care expense, so they're waiting until after the election to decide if they will hire new workers and put new money to work. we really aren't in standstill mode in the u.s. economy right now. caller: another story -- i want to ask you about using the word "brace." guest: i think the president has had an antagonistic relationship with business. i think that's pretty clear. over the last several months he did lose the independent vote and the business vote. if the numbers show that he is actually winning, i could understand that now they are disappointed, because they were counting on some competition. but i don't think you can really tell right now. it's hard to know how accurate the polls are. in some cases i think the media is pulling democrats and other cases people don't necess